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The Principal® Variable Annuity Performance Update

Variable annuities are long term investments and thus are not suitable for everyone; earnings grow tax-deferred; and withdrawals prior to age 59 Ĺ may result in a 10% penalty tax.

The initial offering of The Principal Variable Annuity was June 16, 1994. The separate account that funds the contract was established on January 12, 1970.

The investment results shown represent historical returns based upon the assumption that the Principal Variable Annuity was available for the periods shown. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data shown. For more performance information, including most recent month-end performance, visit our website at www.principal.com and click on "Rates & Values".

The return and principal value of an investment in any subaccount will fluctuate so that the value, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than its original cost.

Except where noted, investment results include all charges and expenses, including a contingent deferred surrender charge (which declines from a maximum of 6%) but excluding any additional charges for riders.

An investment in the Money Market Subaccount is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or any other government agency. Although the underlying mutual fund invested in by the subaccount seeks to preserve the value of your investment at $1 per share, the subaccount itself does not seek to maintain a stable net asset value. It is possible to lose money investing in this subaccount.

The Money Market 7-day current yield is computed as follows: the fund's average daily net income per share during the 7-day period is divided by the average daily price per share during the period. The result is multiplied by 365, with the resulting annualized yield carried to the nearest 1/100th of 1%. Effective 7-day yield is annualized compounded return assuming distributions are reinvested. The 7-day yield % more closely reflects the current earnings of this money market option than the total return displayed.

Before investing in a variable annuity, investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the contract and its underlying investment options. This and other information is contained in the free prospectus and, if available, the summary prospectus, which can be obtained online or call customer service at 1.800.852.4450. Please read the prospectus and, if available, the summary prospectus carefully before investing.

Equity investment options involve greater risk, including heightened volatility, than fixed-income investment options. Fixed-income investment options are subject to interest rate risk, and their value will decline as interest rates rise. Fixed-income investment options that invest in mortgage securities are subject to increased risk due to real estate exposure.


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The Principal® Variable Annuity
Quarterly Performance Update
as of 03/31/2015
Performance Including
Surrender Charges
Subaccount Portfolio
Inception
Date
SubAccount
Inception
Date
Unit Value
(UV)
as of
05/22/2015
Daily
Change
in UV
YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Portfolio
Inception *
Since
Subaccount
Inception *
SHORT-TERM FIXED INCOME
MONEY MARKET   03/18/1983  
Current 7-day yield annualized   N/A  
Effective 7-day yield annualized   N/A  
SHORT-TERM INCOME 01/12/1994 11/24/2008 11.644657 - 0.000415 -5.60 -5.63 -0.81 0.58 n/a n/a 2.47
FIXED INCOME
AFIS HIGH INCOME BOND 02/08/1984 05/16/2014 9.965939 - 0.000355 -4.07 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a -7.22
BOND & MORTGAGE SEC 12/18/1987 12/18/1987 23.896916 - 0.021507 -4.54 -2.39 0.93 3.74 2.97 5.18 5.18
GOVT & HIGH QUALITY BOND 05/06/1993 11/24/2008 12.149879 - 0.023511 -5.13 -2.34 -0.21 1.98 n/a n/a 3.18
BALANCED/ASSET ALLOCATION
BALANCED 12/18/1987 12/18/1987 29.384333 - 0.059967 -4.14 1.78 8.55 9.27 5.12 6.30 6.30
LIFETIME STRAT INCOME 08/30/2004 08/30/2004 14.297288 - 0.024785 -4.55 -2.86 2.60 4.56 3.05 3.35 3.35
LIFETIME 2010 08/30/2004 08/30/2004 15.762562 - 0.036883 -4.31 -2.15 4.53 6.10 3.82 4.24 4.24
LIFETIME 2020 08/30/2004 08/30/2004 17.457833 - 0.049322 -4.12 -1.01 6.61 7.52 4.69 5.20 5.20
LIFETIME 2030 08/30/2004 08/30/2004 17.677421 - 0.041584 -3.78 -0.37 7.64 8.15 4.78 5.28 5.28
LIFETIME 2040 08/30/2004 08/30/2004 18.480310 - 0.049008 -3.69 -0.03 8.85 8.89 5.08 5.68 5.68
LIFETIME 2050 08/30/2004 08/30/2004 18.640909 - 0.050343 -3.63 0.04 9.18 9.10 5.12 5.73 5.73
SAM BALANCED PORTFOLIO 06/03/1997 05/20/2002 14.477506 - 0.025902 -4.31 -0.32 7.32 7.89 5.61 n/a 5.75
SAM CONSERVATIVE BALANCED 04/23/1998 05/20/2002 14.226779 - 0.022446 -4.47 -1.16 5.19 6.33 5.05 n/a 5.24
SAM CONSERVATIVE GROWTH 06/03/1997 05/20/2002 14.294103 - 0.029286 -4.06 0.59 9.16 9.24 5.76 n/a 5.87
SAM FLEXIBLE INCOME 09/09/1997 05/20/2002 14.217414 - 0.011031 -4.78 -1.93 3.96 5.40 4.67 n/a 4.86
SAM STRATEGIC GROWTH 06/03/1997 05/20/2002 14.290877 - 0.026577 -4.23 1.65 10.70 10.32 5.95 n/a 5.93
LARGE US EQUITY
AMCENT VP INCOME & GROWTH 10/31/1997 05/03/1999 17.756040 - 0.076195 -7.06 1.82 12.84 12.32 5.59 n/a 3.28
AMCENT VP ULTRA 05/01/2001 05/21/2001 16.839932 - 0.000600 -2.58 7.15 12.76 12.96 6.15 n/a 3.37
AMCENT VP VALUE 05/01/1996 05/20/2002 21.592767 - 0.068534 -6.94 1.55 12.47 11.07 5.81 n/a 6.01
CAPITAL APPRECIATION 04/28/1998 04/16/2015 10.099561 - 0.017647 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
EQUITY INCOME 04/28/1998 04/28/1998 15.341778 - 0.032766 -5.76 2.31 11.86 11.81 6.59 7.00 7.00
FIDELITY VIP CONTRAFUND 01/03/1995 08/02/1999 25.069657 - 0.014737 -3.97 4.87 12.49 11.74 7.58 n/a 5.79
FIDELITY VIP EQTY-INCOME 11/03/1986 05/20/2002 18.392884 - 0.049554 -6.27 -1.23 10.99 10.28 4.82 n/a 4.60
FIDELITY VIP GROWTH 10/31/1986 08/02/1999 15.538918 0.011315 -1.79 4.25 13.13 14.32 7.14 n/a 2.69
INVESCO AMERICAN FRANCHSE 07/03/1995 04/27/2012 14.960138 0.009862 -2.79 5.70 n/a n/a n/a n/a 12.91
INVESCO CORE EQUITY 05/02/1994 08/02/1999 16.111342 - 0.038665 -6.03 -2.26 9.98 8.97 6.28 n/a 2.87
LARGECAP GROWTH 05/02/1994 05/02/1994 31.030610 - 0.001105 -2.27 8.09 12.67 12.13 7.19 5.42 5.42
LARGECAP GROWTH I 06/01/1994 06/01/1994 58.765743 0.016920 -1.89 5.78 12.27 13.49 8.53 8.70 8.70
LARGECAP S&P 500 INDEX 05/03/1999 05/03/1999 16.660982 - 0.033436 -5.48 4.87 12.92 12.23 6.30 2.92 2.92
LARGECAP VALUE 05/13/1970 05/13/1970 40.653511 - 0.130441 -6.49 -0.25 12.33 11.44 5.30 9.25 9.25
SMALL/MID US EQUITY
ALBERNSTN SM MD CAP VALUE 05/02/2001 05/18/2013 12.785069 - 0.039352 -3.14 2.25 n/a n/a n/a n/a 10.27
AMCENT VP MID CAP VALUE 10/29/2004 05/22/2010 19.604688 - 0.000698 -4.87 6.11 14.63 n/a n/a n/a 14.18
DELAWARE SMALL CAP VALUE 05/01/2000 05/18/2013 12.178431 - 0.059716 -3.28 -1.73 n/a n/a n/a n/a 8.27
DEUTSCHE SMALL MIDCAP VAL 05/01/1996 05/18/2013 12.834064 - 0.036490 -2.27 1.38 n/a n/a n/a n/a 8.51
FRANKLIN SMALL CAP VALUE 04/30/1998 05/18/2013 19.173094 - 0.109581 -5.92 -7.88 n/a n/a n/a n/a 5.81
GS SM CAP EQUITY INSIGHTS 02/13/1998 05/18/2013 19.289185 - 0.094331 0.27 5.64 n/a n/a n/a n/a 11.35
GSACHS MID CAP VALUE 05/01/1998 05/18/2013 25.172389 - 0.000897 -4.37 4.17 n/a n/a n/a n/a 10.18
INVESCO MID CAP GROWTH 09/25/2000 04/27/2012 15.443762 - 0.000550 0.70 6.06 n/a n/a n/a n/a 13.51
INVESCO SMALL CAP EQUITY 08/29/2003 05/01/2007 24.266585 - 0.117166 -1.52 0.07 11.98 12.72 n/a n/a 6.12
JANUS ASPEN ENTERPRISE 09/13/1993 11/27/2000 15.964932 - 0.003053 0.71 10.06 14.75 14.78 9.98 n/a 3.13
MIDCAP 12/18/1987 12/18/1987 87.799365 - 0.163454 0.18 11.20 17.23 17.47 10.76 11.97 11.97
MFS VIT NEW DISCOVERY 05/01/1998 05/18/2013 11.515884 - 0.014472 -0.57 -6.44 n/a n/a n/a n/a 4.17
OPPNHMR MAIN ST SMALL CAP 07/16/2001 05/18/2013 13.028870 - 0.053450 -3.29 3.05 n/a n/a n/a n/a 12.45
REAL ESTATE SECURITIES 05/01/1998 05/01/1998 51.652993 - 0.001840 -1.14 19.11 12.77 14.43 9.53 10.51 10.51
SMALLCAP BLEND 05/01/1998 05/01/1998 22.201339 - 0.059763 0.83 2.14 16.41 14.77 7.15 4.73 4.73
INTERNATIONAL EQUITY
AFIS GLOBAL SMALL CAP 04/30/1998 05/16/2014 11.751950 0.031356 -1.78 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 0.67
AFIS NEW WORLD 06/17/1999 05/16/2014 9.709114 0.004060 -3.50 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a -12.79
DIVERSIFIED INTERNATIONAL 05/02/1994 05/02/1994 29.772233 - 0.212226 -1.98 -6.97 5.65 5.31 4.83 5.06 5.06
INTERNTL EMERGING MARKETS 10/24/2000 10/24/2000 34.515878 0.061228 -3.09 -5.19 -2.97 0.07 7.02 8.11 8.11
SPECIALTY
INVESCO GLOBAL HEALTHCARE 05/22/1997 05/21/2001 25.088988 - 0.047309 1.92 16.91 22.32 16.27 10.09 n/a 6.40
INVESCO TECHNOLOGY 05/21/1997 05/21/2001 9.723867 0.013526 -2.18 6.33 6.77 10.60 6.52 n/a -0.94
VANECK GLOBAL HARD ASSETS 05/01/2006 05/24/2010 12.901692 - 0.034840 -5.73 -27.24 -7.83 n/a n/a n/a 0.00



The Principal® Variable Annuity
Quarterly Performance Update
as of 03/31/2015
Performance Excluding
Surrender Charges
Subaccount Portfolio
Inception
Date
SubAccount
Inception
Date
Unit Value
(UV)
as of
05/22/2015
Daily
Change
in UV
YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Portfolio
Inception *
Since
Subaccount
Inception *
SHORT-TERM FIXED INCOME
MONEY MARKET   03/18/1983  
Current 7-day yield annualized   N/A  
Effective 7-day yield annualized   N/A  
SHORT-TERM INCOME 01/12/1994 11/24/2008 11.644657 - 0.000415 0.40 0.37 0.86 1.16 2.09 2.86 2.47
FIXED INCOME
AFIS HIGH INCOME BOND 02/08/1984 05/16/2014 9.965939 - 0.000355 1.93 -0.68 4.20 5.48 4.65 7.45 -1.22
BOND & MORTGAGE SEC 12/18/1987 12/18/1987 23.896916 - 0.021507 1.46 3.61 2.54 4.25 2.97 5.18 5.18
GOVT & HIGH QUALITY BOND 05/06/1993 11/24/2008 12.149879 - 0.023511 0.87 3.66 1.44 2.52 3.22 3.77 3.18
BALANCED/ASSET ALLOCATION
BALANCED 12/18/1987 12/18/1987 29.384333 - 0.059967 1.86 7.78 9.95 9.69 5.12 6.30 6.30
LIFETIME STRAT INCOME 08/30/2004 08/30/2004 14.297288 - 0.024785 1.45 3.14 4.16 5.06 3.05 3.35 3.35
LIFETIME 2010 08/30/2004 08/30/2004 15.762562 - 0.036883 1.69 3.85 6.03 6.57 3.82 4.24 4.24
LIFETIME 2020 08/30/2004 08/30/2004 17.457833 - 0.049322 1.88 4.99 8.05 7.97 4.69 5.20 5.20
LIFETIME 2030 08/30/2004 08/30/2004 17.677421 - 0.041584 2.22 5.63 9.06 8.59 4.78 5.28 5.28
LIFETIME 2040 08/30/2004 08/30/2004 18.480310 - 0.049008 2.31 5.97 10.24 9.31 5.08 5.68 5.68
LIFETIME 2050 08/30/2004 08/30/2004 18.640909 - 0.050343 2.37 6.04 10.56 9.52 5.12 5.73 5.73
SAM BALANCED PORTFOLIO 06/03/1997 05/20/2002 14.477506 - 0.025902 1.69 5.68 8.75 8.33 5.61 6.33 5.75
SAM CONSERVATIVE BALANCED 04/23/1998 05/20/2002 14.226779 - 0.022446 1.53 4.84 6.68 6.79 5.05 4.45 5.24
SAM CONSERVATIVE GROWTH 06/03/1997 05/20/2002 14.294103 - 0.029286 1.94 6.59 10.55 9.65 5.76 6.58 5.87
SAM FLEXIBLE INCOME 09/09/1997 05/20/2002 14.217414 - 0.011031 1.22 4.07 5.48 5.88 4.67 5.13 4.86
SAM STRATEGIC GROWTH 06/03/1997 05/20/2002 14.290877 - 0.026577 1.77 7.65 12.05 10.72 5.95 7.11 5.93
LARGE US EQUITY
AMCENT VP INCOME & GROWTH 10/31/1997 05/03/1999 17.756040 - 0.076195 -1.06 7.82 14.14 12.69 5.59 5.14 3.28
AMCENT VP ULTRA 05/01/2001 05/21/2001 16.839932 - 0.000600 3.42 13.15 14.05 13.33 6.15 3.75 3.37
AMCENT VP VALUE 05/01/1996 05/20/2002 21.592767 - 0.068534 -0.94 7.55 13.77 11.46 5.81 7.49 6.01
CAPITAL APPRECIATION 04/28/1998 04/16/2015 10.099561 - 0.017647 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
EQUITY INCOME 04/28/1998 04/28/1998 15.341778 - 0.032766 0.24 8.31 13.18 12.19 6.59 7.00 7.00
FIDELITY VIP CONTRAFUND 01/03/1995 08/02/1999 25.069657 - 0.014737 2.03 10.87 13.79 12.13 7.58 10.04 5.79
FIDELITY VIP EQTY-INCOME 11/03/1986 05/20/2002 18.392884 - 0.049554 -0.27 4.77 12.33 10.68 4.82 7.67 4.60
FIDELITY VIP GROWTH 10/31/1986 08/02/1999 15.538918 0.011315 4.21 10.25 14.41 14.66 7.14 8.56 2.69
INVESCO AMERICAN FRANCHSE 07/03/1995 04/27/2012 14.960138 0.009862 3.21 11.70 13.35 12.39 7.23 7.93 14.25
INVESCO CORE EQUITY 05/02/1994 08/02/1999 16.111342 - 0.038665 -0.03 3.74 11.34 9.39 6.28 7.06 2.87
LARGECAP GROWTH 05/02/1994 05/02/1994 31.030610 - 0.001105 3.73 14.09 13.96 12.50 7.19 5.42 5.42
LARGECAP GROWTH I 06/01/1994 06/01/1994 58.765743 0.016920 4.11 11.78 13.57 13.85 8.53 8.70 8.70
LARGECAP S&P 500 INDEX 05/03/1999 05/03/1999 16.660982 - 0.033436 0.52 10.87 14.21 12.61 6.30 2.92 2.92
LARGECAP VALUE 05/13/1970 05/13/1970 40.653511 - 0.130441 -0.49 5.75 13.63 11.83 5.30 9.25 9.25
SMALL/MID US EQUITY
ALBERNSTN SM MD CAP VALUE 05/02/2001 05/18/2013 12.785069 - 0.039352 2.86 8.25 15.90 12.26 8.18 9.72 13.18
AMCENT VP MID CAP VALUE 10/29/2004 05/22/2010 19.604688 - 0.000698 1.13 12.11 15.88 13.07 8.83 9.57 14.55
DELAWARE SMALL CAP VALUE 05/01/2000 05/18/2013 12.178431 - 0.059716 2.72 4.27 12.50 12.85 7.44 9.87 11.23
DEUTSCHE SMALL MIDCAP VAL 05/01/1996 05/18/2013 12.834064 - 0.036490 3.73 7.38 12.84 10.86 7.40 7.29 11.47
FRANKLIN SMALL CAP VALUE 04/30/1998 05/18/2013 19.173094 - 0.109581 0.08 -1.88 12.18 11.35 6.62 6.48 8.83
GS SM CAP EQUITY INSIGHTS 02/13/1998 05/18/2013 19.289185 - 0.094331 6.27 11.64 14.23 14.19 5.71 5.51 14.24
GSACHS MID CAP VALUE 05/01/1998 05/18/2013 25.172389 - 0.000897 1.63 10.17 15.83 12.96 7.59 8.15 13.10
INVESCO MID CAP GROWTH 09/25/2000 04/27/2012 15.443762 - 0.000550 6.70 12.06 12.57 11.71 7.11 -0.85 14.84
INVESCO SMALL CAP EQUITY 08/29/2003 05/01/2007 24.266585 - 0.117166 4.48 6.07 13.29 13.09 7.92 8.45 6.12
JANUS ASPEN ENTERPRISE 09/13/1993 11/27/2000 15.964932 - 0.003053 6.71 16.06 16.00 15.12 9.98 9.18 3.13
MIDCAP 12/18/1987 12/18/1987 87.799365 - 0.163454 6.18 17.20 18.43 17.79 10.76 11.97 11.97
MFS VIT NEW DISCOVERY 05/01/1998 05/18/2013 11.515884 - 0.014472 5.43 -0.44 11.46 12.00 8.78 6.92 7.23
OPPNHMR MAIN ST SMALL CAP 07/16/2001 05/18/2013 13.028870 - 0.053450 2.71 9.05 17.03 14.57 8.08 8.43 15.32
REAL ESTATE SECURITIES 05/01/1998 05/01/1998 51.652993 - 0.001840 4.86 25.11 14.06 14.78 9.53 10.51 10.51
SMALLCAP BLEND 05/01/1998 05/01/1998 22.201339 - 0.059763 6.83 8.14 17.63 15.12 7.15 4.73 4.73
INTERNATIONAL EQUITY
AFIS GLOBAL SMALL CAP 04/30/1998 05/16/2014 11.751950 0.031356 4.22 1.88 10.81 7.15 6.65 8.35 6.67
AFIS NEW WORLD 06/17/1999 05/16/2014 9.709114 0.004060 2.50 -5.81 2.29 2.69 7.20 6.93 -6.79
DIVERSIFIED INTERNATIONAL 05/02/1994 05/02/1994 29.772233 - 0.212226 4.02 -0.97 7.12 5.79 4.83 5.06 5.06
INTERNTL EMERGING MARKETS 10/24/2000 10/24/2000 34.515878 0.061228 2.91 0.81 -1.23 0.66 7.02 8.11 8.11
SPECIALTY
INVESCO GLOBAL HEALTHCARE 05/22/1997 05/21/2001 25.088988 - 0.047309 7.92 22.91 23.43 16.60 10.09 8.59 6.40
INVESCO TECHNOLOGY 05/21/1997 05/21/2001 9.723867 0.013526 3.82 12.33 8.21 11.00 6.52 3.83 -0.94
VANECK GLOBAL HARD ASSETS 05/01/2006 05/24/2010 12.901692 - 0.034840 0.27 -21.24 -5.91 -2.34 n/a 0.86 0.61

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